BS Zelda no Densetsu (Partially Lost Satellaview game; 1995)


BS Zelda no Densetsu
The loading screen for the game
The loading screen for the game
Status Partially Lost

BS Zelda no Densetsu is a partially lost BS-X game for the Satellaview, an add-on to the Super Famicom (The Japanese version of the SNES). It was developed and published by Nintendo, and distributed by St. GIGA. It is a variation of the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES/Famicom.

The Satellaview

BS-X games were special games broadcast over the radio to Super Famicom systems with a Satellaview expansion attached and a subscription to the St. GIGA radio service. Games would be broadcast in weekly or daily episodes (usually four). As new episodes were added, more and more of the game became available. These games were not permanent and would be erased at the end of the broadcast period to make space for new games. Additionally, Sound Link games (Which BS Zelda no Densetsu was one of) could only be played at set hours due to real-time narration being used. This makes the games impossible to obtain, as new broadcasts are not being sent out (the service shut down in March of 2000).

Gameplay

The gameplay of BS Zelda no Densetsu is identical to the original The Legend of Zelda. The game is an action-adventure game, puzzle game, and has some elements of role-playing games. The player controls a hero as they adventure throughout the overworld, fighting through dungeons, collecting shards of the Triforce, and ultimately fighting the final boss Ganon and rescuing Princess Zelda.

Differences

The Hero of Light, whom you play as in the game.

While having identical gameplay, many differences exist between The Legend of Zelda and BS Zelda no Densetsu. For one thing, the graphics are 16 bit instead of 8 bit due to BS being on the Super Famicom. You also play as The Hero of Light, a different person than the normal protagonist of the Zelda series, Link. The Hero of Light is based off the avatar character from the Satellaview account system. If you chose male, your character wears a white backwards baseball cap, while females have a pink ponytail. Both characters wear Link’s signature green tunic. The Old Man from the beginning cave also narrates your journey. The dungeons are also in a completely different layout than the original, forming the word St GIGA, an arrow, and a skull. The plot also differs from The Legend of Zelda and actually takes place years after A Link to the Past (The third game in the Zelda franchise). The biggest deviation, however, is the time system. At certain hours of gameplay, characters would get power ups or become stronger in some way. The player would also only have one hour every week to complete two dungeons.

Broadcasts

Due to being a Sound Link game, BS Zelda no Densetsu could only be played from 5PM to 7PM.

The only known ad for the game.

Original Broadcast

  • Aug. 6, 1995 (Week 1)
  • Aug. 13, 1995 (Week 2)
  • Aug. 20, 1995 (Week 3)
  • Aug. 27, 1995 (Week 4)

Reruns

  • Sep. 3, 1995 - Sep. 29, 1995
  • Oct. 1, 1995 - Oct. 24, 1995
  • Nov. 5, 1995 - Nov. 28, 1995
  • Jan. 1, 1997 - Jan. 4, 1997

Availability

The only known ROM dump of the game comes from the third week and is thus incomplete. However, by using videos of gameplay from the broadcast period, fans have been able to recreate the final week of the game, sans the time and narration elements.

Gameplay Footage

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Pretty good article, but I want to say two things. First a second version of the game was made with a layout for the overworld and dungeons, so someone might want to add that in. Also there's a guy on YouTube called Kiddo Cabbusses who has video compilations of the BS Zelda games, as well as various other Satellaview games. So if anyone wants some videos of the game(s) in action you should head there.
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ApolloJustice

3 months ago
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Yeah, I was planning on writing an article for Ancient Stone Tablets later.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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i meant to say "a DIFFERENT layout", sorry about that.
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TeridaxXD001

4 months ago
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I've done a lot of reading (and writing) on this game, and I was under the impression the dumps are mostly complete. The ROMs available have content from every week. Are we not counting these because they're hacks?
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ApolloJustice

4 months ago
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Are there dumps of the final week? I was under the impression that only the first three weeks were dumped and the last week was recreated through videos
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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I have this game
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TheYoshiState

4 months ago
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Proof?
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Anonymous user #3

4 months ago
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Then you lived in Japan in the 90s and had an expensive add-on for your games console, and were fluent enough in the language that you knew how/when to access the broadcasts... And you also had access to ROM capturing software that isn't designed to capture a game that's streaming over a satellite connection. FOH.

Or you're just a normal Internet user with access to what little material actually *is* out there.
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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I actually have all the weeks on a emulator, so they are out there to play, you just have to hunt them down online
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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But they're still missing the voices and music that the original broadcast had, is no one noticing that it says PARTIALLY lost? No one's saying that there's no way to play them, just that they're missing key features that the original had.
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ApolloJustice

4 months ago
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All the weeks are available? All I found was the first three weeks and the last week being recreated
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Nekoroko

4 months ago
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BS- ZELDA NO DENSETSU: Inishie no Sekiban: Day 1: https://www....=O893LIrCdwA Day 2: https://www....=fCX8vfUDSWU Day 3: https://www....=xK6oI1jCRbE Day 4:

https://www....=a9R3UYazS04
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Anonymous user #5

2 months ago
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I've been watching GPM play the first week of this game, apparently, as he has told us (what he was told by LuigiBlood) that they found dumps of all 4 weeks and vhs recordings of the game being played with the original audio, translated them to english, and managed to re-create all 4 weeks with the translated audio. I'm just passing on this information, if anyone who regularly contributes to this website wants to contact LuigiBlood then I suggest they do so.
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